Texas Chillin’ – Monday/Tuesday, February 7-8, 2011
Get out your system sessions…
Well I had a couple of days off. A cold Front was headed down towards the coast calling for 15-20 winds for Monday morning. I haven’t been windsurfing since last early December and I was itching to go out. It was a going to be a dawn patrol. So I set off leaving my house at 6:30 AM and got at Texas City by 7:15 AM. It was blowing like they predicted but the temp on my truck showed 42 degrees….brrrrrrrrrrr. I rigged up my 6.2 NX and the missile. When I was rigging, I was thinking to myself that I’m freaking nuts for doing this…..but the urge was bigger than my common sense. So I proceeded to change into my 3/2 short armed wetsuit without gloves/booties/hat (I only own a 3/2 wetsuit by the way). I make my way to the water and did a couple runs. It was Ok until I blew a jibe….holy crap it was VERY cold. I sailed a couple of more runs and my feet and fingers were totally numb within 10 minutes of the fall. Then the major sign of hypo came on. I had a massive painful headache. I decided to go in at that time, since I was the only dumbass out. The session was over and last only an hour……but it felt so good. It took me about 30 minutes to warm back up….
Well they were calling a high of 55-60/sunny for Tuesday and Southerly warm winds in 10-20…..Uhmmm I was thinking that might be tolerable, but I decided to go to the gun range in the morning. As the morning progressed, I realized when that when I was shooting the 300 yard range with my 22, that I was aiming/adjusting my scope for a 2′ offset. Holy crap the wind picked up a shitload. I checked my Blackberry and they just issued a wind advisory for Galveston Bay…WHooooooWhooooo. I packed up all my weapons immediately and headed home to pack up my windsurfing gear.
I headed out around lunch time to Texas City and arrived there around 1 PM. The temp on my truck showed a balmy 54 degrees. The water was white capping like crazy and was hovering consistently around 20, not gusty at all. A couple of kiters were out but no windsurfers. The temp was not great but a lot warmer than Monday. Again I rigged up my 6.2 NX, but this time I used my 20 pounds bic vivace 263. I wanted to bump and jump since the chop was majorly ramped up for such little wind. I went out and man I love the new antiskid that I applied on the bic (spray on antiskid that I bought for 6 bucks at AutoZone). It is just the perfect combination of nonskid for bare foot sailing. I also love that vivace 263. It is such a SWEET production board. I wish they would make it again with the new technology. It is so predictable, VERY fast in rough conditions, and VERY tough. They don’t make them like they use too. I started to do small jumps a couple of times and landed them successfully without any wipe out. As I the time went by, a decided to go all out on a big jump. I decided to get some major speed by going off the wind and cutting really hard on a ramp. That’s when the OH SHIT came…the board seriously spun out right before I hit the ramp…The board went up in the air sideways and I landed at full speed on my back and did not let go of the rig. Checked my gear for any broken parts (especially the sail, as I broken two battens previously somehow while letting my gear go wild after a bail out). That was cold one!!!! After that incident I decided to do a couple of cruising runs to warm up. This is now my favorite set up for the rough stuff the 6.2 NX and the good old Bic. I ended the session around 3:45 Pm and had a beer to finish off an awesome day. Can’t wait for the weather to get warm……
PS: I just noticed that the sail colors match the board colors. That turns out that all of my favorite setups have matching colors between the rig and the boards….Is this a coincidence??
Another PS: I feel sorry for you all living up North…..NOT